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Bomb scare at Fresno US Postal Service Office, turns out to be mail stealing device

KMPH Fox 26 - “Fresno Police say that a man found what he thought to be an explosive device at the U.S. Postal Service Office on Tulare Avenue in Fresno.”        

All clear given after suspicious package found near Miami Beach post office

WSVN 7News - “Police have given the all clear after a suspicious package near a U.S. Postal Service office in Miami Beach…”                       

Post office at Decatur, Oakey evacuated for suspicious package

News3LV - “A post office in the central valley has been evacuated following a report of a suspicious package, according to Las Vegas ...”                  

Fire concerns spark closure of Holland Post Office

Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier - “In the interim, Post Office Box delivery and retail services have been relocated to the Grundy Center Post Office located at 1700 G Ave.”

Car crashes into the Kimberly post office

Beckley Register-Herald - “A car crashed into the Kimberly Post Office in Fayette County on Friday. According to Fayette County Sheriff Mike Fridley, a small SUV had partially ...”

'You can't hack paper': How Oregon fights election meddling

NBC - “Election officials across the U.S. are worrying about whether their aging voting machines will fail next Tuesday, whether hackers will try to create chaos and whether voters will even show up to vote. In Oregon, they don't have to worry as much, because they don't have any voting machines — or any polling places.”

Amazon confirms it’s launching a mini-FedEx to deliver packages to Prime members

BGR - “Amazon is making some major changes to its business for the upcoming holiday season. One of the big moves includes offering free shipping to all customers regardless of the size of their order starting today for a limited time through the holidays. In addition, the retail giant has also confirmed it’s going to hire thousands of delivery drivers for full-time work during the holiday season as part of a new Amazon-managed delivery fleet.”

Hayes declares victory in 5th district, makes Connecticut history

CT Mirror - “Jahana Hayes, a progressive political newcomer, made history Tuesday night by becoming the first African-American woman to represent Connecticut in Congress. Hayes, a Democrat, declared victory over former Meriden Mayor Manny Santos shortly before 11 p.m. to represent the 5th Congressional District. Santos, an underfunded Republican, could not compete with the appeal and energy of the 2016 National Teacher of the Year.”

Rashida Tlaib And Ilhan Omar Are First Muslim Women Elected To Congress

NPR - “Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib has won the House race in that state’s 13th Congressional District, according to the AP. That will make her the first Palestinian-American to serve in Congress and among the first Muslim women in Congress. Tlaib shares that accomplishment with Democratic candidate Ilhan Omar, who ran in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District. That race was rated a ‘solid Democratic’ seat by the Cook Political Report.”

Ayanna Pressley Is Now Officially Massachusetts' 1st Black Woman Elected To Congress

WBUR - “Democrat Ayanna Pressley has completed her quest to become Massachusetts' first black woman elected to Congress…Pressley is also the first African-American to serve on the Boston City Council. In other uncontested House races, Democratic Rep. Richard Neal won re-election in the 1st Congressional District. Democrats Joseph Kennedy and Stephen Lynch were re-elected in Massachusetts' 4th and 8th congressional districts, respectively. Kennedy is returning to Congress for a fourth term representing the 4th district, which covers mostly southern Massachusetts. He was first elected in 2012. It will be Lynch's ninth full term representing the 8th district, which covers eastern Massachusetts and part of Boston. Lynch first was elected in 2001 to serve out the remainder of the late Joe Moakley's term.” 

Democrat, ex-CIA officer unseats GOP congressman in Virginia

Washington Times - “The Democrat and political newcomer who unseated a two-term Republican congressman in a Virginia GOP stronghold spent nearly a decade as a CIA operations officer working on counterterrorism and nuclear proliferation cases. Abigail Spanberger, 39, also worked as a federal postal inspector, handling narcotics and money-laundering cases.” 

Why it matters that 'Donde votar,' Spanish for 'Where to vote,' was Google's top search on election morning

ABC News - “The top Google trend search on the morning of the 2018 midterm elections was ‘Donde votar,’ Spanish for ‘Where to vote,’ providing further evidence that the Latino vote is becoming more of a deciding force in electing political leaders. Recent surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center show that registered Hispanic voters have been ‘more engaged in this midterm election’ than before.”

Josh Hawley Defeats Claire McCaskill in Missouri Senate Race

New York Times - “Beating back a liberal suburban groundswell that proved lethal to many House Republicans, Josh Hawley claimed victory here on Tuesday over Senator Claire McCaskill, toppling one of Senate Democrats’ last remaining moderate voices, The Associated Press said.”

Despite Florida loss, Democrats pick up 7 new governorships – including Wisconsin, Kansas and Nevada

USA Today - “Despite a high-profile loss in Florida and a question mark in Georgia, Democrats emerged from Election Day with new claims on a range of governors' mansions. While Andrew Gillum lost to Ron DeSantis in Florida and Stacey Abrams has refused to concede to GOP rival Brian Kemp in Georgia, the party of both African-American contenders took over statehouses in Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada and Wisconsin. Among the winners: Kansas Democrat Laura Kelly, who beat Trump-backed Republican Kris Kobach; Illinois Democrat J.B. Pritzker, who bested Republican Bruce Rauner; and Nevada Democrat Steve Sisolak, who roundly defeated Republican Adam Laxalt, whose family members even campaigned against him.”

Voters in two red states approve minimum wage hikes

The Hill - “Voters in two red states -- Arkansas and Missouri -- approved ballot measures to raise the minimum wage. ‘Voters are saying ‘enough’ to an economy that’s leaving too many struggling families behind,’ said Jonathan Schleifer, executive director of The Fairness Project, an advocacy group that pushed for the initiatives. ‘Real wages for working families haven’t budged in decades, and the disparities between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ continues to grow,’ he added. Together the ballot measures will lead to raises for more than 1 million workers.”

Florida votes to restore ex-felon voting rights with Amendment 4

Vox - “Florida voters during Tuesday’s midterm elections approved Amendment 4, automatically restoring voting rights in the state for people previously convicted of felonies. Florida’s Amendment 4 restores voting rights for people in the state convicted of felonies as long as they have completed their sentences, although anyone convicted of murder or felony sex offenses would be excluded. Based on the Sentencing Project’s 2016 estimates, this benefits more than a million people. The organization estimated in 2016 that nearly 1.5 million people in Florida have completed felony sentences but can’t vote — about 9.2 percent of the voting-age population in Florida. The total, though, includes some people convicted of murder and felony sex offenses, so not every one of those people benefits under Amendment 4.”

Canadian postal workers strike could be a long one, according to union official

Global News – Canada - “The union representing Canada Post workers appears to be in for a long strike, as minimal bargaining progress has been made in the past days, according to a senior union official. Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) members have been on a rotating strike since Oct. 22. The group’s demands centre on health and safety concerns, workload, staffing and wages.”          

Hundreds protest over post office closure in Galway

RTE.ie – United Kingdom - “Around 500 people have joined a protest in Co Galway this afternoon to highlight their opposition to the impending closure of the post office…”         

Robots deliver savings for Dutch postal service PostNL

ComputerWeekly.com – Netherlands - “PostNL, the privately owned Dutch delivery company, is investing in robotics and automation as it responds to sweeping changes in demand for letters...”